So its official. Before it was unofficial, but now its official. I have officially become a second-class citizen of the United States of America. By registering to vote in Washington, DC I became a de facto resident of the last colony in the continental United States. I gave up the ability to vote in the swing state of Missouri to be able to vote for my friend Adam Eidinger. (Why work hours and hours on a campaign when I am not going to be able to vote for the person I feel is the most qualified for the job?)
On Friday I realized that I was lobbying for DC and not for Missouri, and I had a subtle epiphany that my convictions were here in DC, and not in my home state of Missouri. I thought to myself, “why pretend any longer to be a Missourian when I’ve graduated to become a Washingtonian.” Although my second-class citizenship status sucks, I realized that instead of losing my two senators and representative (all staunch republicans anyways), I gained 535 congress men & women including my old ones. Pretty good deal if you think about it in a skewed perspective of living in tyranny.
Until congress removes it’s DC oversight, I get the pleasure of being a nonvoting constituent of every state of the union. Granted my delegate might not be able to vote in congress, but at least I feel empowered enough to do something about it. Friday, B.A.D. Day, sealed the deal for me, and I’m happy about being a DC resident and I’m comfortable becoming a second-class citizen. However, I will be even more happy when DC gets the equality it deserves, and I plan on working toward that. Its good to have a goal, albeit one that is going to take some legwork.
In the Daily Render News…
The last 3 renderings have been a new variation in the old template. I’m calling it the “Cube series of the Lenz Project.” Instead of using an embedded 2D satellite image I am now using a satellite image as a texture over a 3D cube that has been rotated. The spherical glass lenz remains the same, but the torus has now been reduced in size and the texture has been randomized which allows for more of the “satellite cube” to be seen better. I also made the renderings using only one satellite image for the entire rendering. This means the background, torus, and the cube are all variations of the same satellite image. The backgrounds are a pyramid on its side facing the viewer. I did this to create a sense of depth (not quite achieved!). Nonetheless, I am happy with how these are turning out. I think the next step is to manually construct a cube using 6 pyramids (check this animation to see what I mean), and have each pyramid be one satellite image. Yet since the viewer can only see 3 sides of the cube at once it should be easy to put together, and will look pretty awesome. Oh the fun of passively making satellite art. I really can’t wait to get some of these printed out as posters!